Stephanie Walker.Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling.Reg.MBACP
Hello, my name is Stephanie. I have always been interested and drawn to how people behaved and what makes them tick. I always felt a natural inclination to building relationships and working with clients on an in-depth level. Along the journey, I have personally experienced the loss of both my parents along with other losses which have helped me to grow both professionally and personally. I have grown through my own adversity and perhaps counselling can benefit you and help you to grow and learn through your adversity too.
Dealing with Bereavement and Grief
I specialize in Bereavement and Grief work. None of us can escape loss, however how we respond and deal with our losses is a choice. Loss comes in many different forms and it is not just through death. Loss of a job, health, pet, relationships touches on a few. Sometimes you may need someone just to walk alongside you so you can explore the many different emotions that grief evokes. To help you to navigate your way through some emotions you may have never experienced before but at the same time are perfectly normal. My practice takes place in Milnsbridge, Huddersfield West Yorkshire. Fundamentally my approach is Person Centred. My aim is to build a trusting relationship and safe environment where my clients can explore their issues and begin the process of change by experimenting with new behaviours which will work for them. I offer both short term and long term counselling.
Creative ways of working in counselling
Counselling shines a light on the more difficult areas of life which perhaps need to be looked at and explored in more fullness and detail. For clients who find it difficult or awkward to verbalize what is going on for them emotionally, I will then introduce a more creative way of working. For example, drawing or writing can turn a key and help clients to express themselves more freely. Use of shells, pebbles and soft toys can all have their place in the right session at the right time.
I use my skills, knowledge and experience as a counsellor but also my intuition can play a part in the sessions.
I also work well with clients who are experiencing:-
- Low confidence/self-esteem issues
- Stress/anxiety/mild to moderate depression
- Setting boundaries/Knowing your limits
- Learning to be assertive
- Managing your emotions, especially difficult ones
- Managing change/transitions
Counselling asks for your commitment. There is no better investment than your own personal development. Small steps lead to big changes if consistent over time
THE BENEFITS of COUNSELLING
- Self- belief
- Better understanding of self
- Increased self-awareness
- Getting back in touch with your emotional self. Cutting our emotional self off is not healthy long-term
- Learning new, effective coping strategies
- Learning to stand back and respond to situations/people rather than reacting
- Increased tolerance of difficult feelings/situations
- Facing reality, not avoiding
- Learning to negotiate and manage change
- Learning to say no without feeling guilty
- Setting boundaries
- Increased confidence and self-esteem
- A fulfilling relationship with self
- Learning to grieve, let go and come to a place of acceptance
Ask yourself these questions:-
1. Do you feel that you are running into the same problems again and again?
2. Do you think about past traumas for unreasonable amounts of time?
3.Is your work or home life suffering?
4.Do you no longer enjoy things that once gave you pleasure?
5.Do you find yourself drinking/overeating/taking drugs to feel better?
If you answered yes to at least 3 of these questions counselling would really be of benefit for your life.
I offer a free 30 minute consultation to help you decide if counselling is right for you.
You can ring or email me and of course, there is no obligation. Also if you decide to go ahead with counselling you can decide to end your sessions at any time. You are in charge and I go at your pace. I meet you each week wherever you are in your development.
I trust all my clients have their answers within. A successful working alliance and safe environment would be of benefit to anyone struggling with any of the issues that I have mentioned.
Please do not be afraid to contact me if you need to ask any questions.
Myths about counselling
Contrary to societies view on a person seeking counselling being weak, it is quite the opposite and shows immense strength and courage. It shows that that person wants to live a better life, make peace with their past and move forward with new coping strategies and increased self- assurance.
Courage is taking action in spite of fear.
Any questions and/or concerns about counselling then please do ask,your questions are important to me.
Work with employers
I offer a confidential workplace counselling service,usually 6 to 8 sessions. I am looking for a short contract as it is important to build a good working relationship with the employer.
Workplace counselling can potentially be viewed as part of an employers duty of care towards staff well being.
Please see my website to see the benefits of workplace counselling.
Working with students
If you are on a counselling course and the course requires you to be in personal therapy then I can help with this also.
See the fees section for student rates.
Training, qualifications & experience
Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling (2002-2004) with the University of Leeds
- Bereavement Helpline
- Dewsbury College
- Kirklees Rape and sexual abuse counselling centre
- Dewsbury Hospital,Priestly Unit(Mental Health Unit)
- United Churches Healing Ministry
- Noah's Ark centre Calderdale
- I am on the BACP Counselling Register(Registered Member MBACP) - Certificate number 311856
- I have 5 years post qualifying counselling experience,
- Over 800 face to face counselling hours.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Childhood bereavement
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
I offer long term and short term counselling.
£45 per counselling hour for clients who are in full time employment.
£35 per counselling hour for clients who are in part time employment/retired.
Personal therapy for students when training to be a counsellor £25
Unemployed and on benefits £25
I can offer discounts for block bookings.(Minimum 6 sessions.)
My sessions last for one hour per week.
Payment to be made either by bank transfer before the session or at the time of the session(cash or cheque please.)
Call or Email me today for a free 30 minute consultation.
£40 per session
Payment can be by cheque,cash,or bank transfer. I do not have a card machine.
I hire a room for the counselling work to take place this would be in the Huddersfield area.
Please Email me or leave a message on my phone if you would like to ask any initial questions.
A conversation at this point can be very reassuring.
I appreciate the whole process can be quite daunting especially if you have not experienced counselling before,however taking the first step and being honest with yourself shows tremendous courage and strength.
Male client."Informative,clear,concise,very thought provoking,uplifting and of excellent benefit to me"
Female client. "Counselling has worked. I feel like I can fly. I don't need the safety net now."
Male client. "Thank you so much for the counselling sessions.I was in a confused state at the beginning of the sessions, not understanding my state of mind and my actions. By speaking to you and working through my life I now understand the reasons. I found you very professional and easy to speak to and understanding. As the sessions progressed so did my life for the better,so I thank you.I am 100% happier now and my life is going on an upward course. Thank you."
"To anyone who may want to read this:-"
"I was a normal,happy adult working/family etc when a sudden turn of events sent my life spiralling into which I can only explain as hell. This was a period of real darkness in my life when I could not see any future or to be honest any reason to carry on.
No medication/friends/family or my doctor could get me out of the way I felt. But I really needed help.
I was introduced to Stef who was brilliant. Things had to be taken really slowly with me due to my state of mind. She was professional/caring/patient and honest. Because of Stef she helped me turn a massive corner to getting my life back on track and to realise there is a future.Life throws allsorts of ups and downs at us but I was never prepared for what came my way.
A simple but heartfelt
THANK YOU STEF"
"Thank you so much for all the work you have done with me."
"I found the whole process of counselling supportive but challenging.Stephanie helped me recognise those aspects of my life that were preventing me moving forward in a positive way.This was done with professionalism,care and respect. I now have some tools I can use to raise my awareness of triggers and create balance in my life." Carol
"My counselling with Stephanie has been very enjoyable. It has been very interesting to learn new coping strategies and to develop myself. I now feel a lot better and happier in myself." Tayla Age 15.
"Stephanie has been a huge help to me;building my confidence and making me believe in myself,even helping me to be a better father. I couldn't recommend Stephanie enough and if I feel I need to speak to someone again I'll be making sure it's her. Thank you very much Stef!" Jason Age 30
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|